With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility


Greetings true believers!

Once again loyal minions, time for another enthralling FooBear408 article. I’d like to think I’m the resident Andy Rooney around these parts…maybe just not as old and certainly not as grouchy. Definitely more handsome, and with the stockpile of jokes – I’m a pretty safe bet. Fortunately, for me – I have Mrs. FooBear, so I’m taken. I’ve also written on subjects including, but not limited to, my infatuation for my fat boy model 80gb to the current hot topic that’s lighting up the message boards today: the great PSN fiasco.

Don’t fret – this isn’t another one of those articles.

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about the state of gaming lately. Actually on some titles coming out, some types that are already out, and ones that right on the cusp of coming out. One of these titles, “L.A Noire”, for instance has got me hook, line, and sinker. I think the reason why this game has its meat hooks into me is because it’s original. It’s never been done before. I recognize that, and want to be part of it, so I can go on the message boards and shout from the rooftops about how much I want to be its baby’s daddy and/or completely blast it anonymously and tell everyone how much it stinks.

I don’t think that’ll be the case, though. Tell me I’m wrong.

You know another game that was completely original? Red Dead Redemption, and that was unlike anything ever made – ever.  How many awards did that game get? The soundtrack alone was phenomenal and the amount of work that went into it, was nothing short, if not equivocal to, a freaking space shuttle launch. I discovered the Swedish band “JUNIP” thanks to that game and have become (in my mind) good pals with the band and make an effort to see them live every time they come to the bay area.

I bought every DLC pack, obtained every pre order bonus, and I even bought the limited edition double red vinyl of the soundtrack that they put up for sale. Coincidence that both of these fore-mentioned games are put out by a top notch publisher, Rockstar? I would say not, fearless reader. I think the mindset that Rockstar has adopted, the “put the gamer first” mentality certainly shows in everything they touch, and the effort that is displayed with every title.

I think this alone is the main reason why I have my tractor beam locked and loaded on a day one purchase of what’s sure to be a must have – “L.A. Noire”. I can’t help but feel a certain loyalty to company that makes me really get into a game like the gang at Rockstar does. Let’s be honest, we ALL felt something at the end of Red Dead Redemption, and felt for our rough-around-the-edges protagonist Mr. Marston. I know i certainly did, and I would like to feel that way again. And not just from Rockstar, from every development company that assumes that they can just toss us a special edition version of a game and include a shiny gold weapon if you preorder and plop down $60+ dollars on their game.

I’m invested into a game every time I open up my wallet and buy a PS3 game. I don’t want to be left high and dry on a game immediately after I buy one, either. Don’t wine and dine me and then never call me again, but I know that I’m just a material girl living in a material world – so I’ve come to terms with it.

I suppose what I’m trying to say is that it would be nice to see at least one original title from every development company and not the same re-hashed crap that comes out year after year, just because it makes a boatload of cash. I’m sure the cash is nice and we all want to swim in a money vault like Scrooge McDuck, but doesn’t the respect you earn and the awards and merits you receive for having that original idea and implementing it, far outweigh anything in the monetary realm could possibly offer you? I would think so…of course there have been rare instances where I have been wrong about a couple of things.

Or not.


Written by: Damon - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Jason on May 9th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    Cant do day 1 anymore with everything being $39 a week later lol
    Sadly we will always see rehashed crap as you say as it makes money and there are not enough developers like the team behind “Flower” that want to bring truly unique games. LA is nothing more then the best of bioware conversations so I personally dont see that as a unique game.

    I quit red dead at mexico as it got boring so I can not relate there. I think the only thing that would satisy me at this point is Diablo 3 coming out already. Monster Hunter PS3 but that didnt happen when it was being developed for ps3 so why would it at this point I guess.

    As always a good read.

  2. #2 by Markus on May 9th, 2011 [ 4322 Points ]

    Yea, I can’t wait for L.A. Noire. I’ve been a pretty big Rockstar fan ever since San Andreas. RDR is on my to do list as well, can’t wait ^^

  3. #3 by myk26 on May 10th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    Great article FooBear! Like you, I wandered down that Red Dead road and found myself in awe at it’s conclusion! But unfortunately, as great as it was (to me, it was near pinnacle of gaming) there are PLENTY of those (like Jason) that just couldn’t wade through to the end.

    As for why most companies don’t take a chance like Rockstar does…cause thats just how the great games start, a chance. I think comes from gamers like Jason (Jason, I in no way mean this as disrespect). I’ve met more then my fair share of gamers who tried RRD and just couldn’t deal with it….as in, if you’re not gunning someone down or rapped up in some sort of action every 5 minutes, interest is lost.

    Rockstar has the $$$ to take chances. And when you have a team like Rockstar, it’s not much of a chance when you have the industries most creative minds behind it.

    …which is two things that can’t be said for many dev’s in the industry.

  4. #4 by Royalty32 on May 10th, 2011 [ 1020 Points ]

    MS just bought Skype so what does that mean for Sony

  5. #5 by myk26 on May 10th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    No idea what it means for Sony…but I know what I’ll be using my Kinect for very soon (ehhh….hopefully soon)

  6. #6 by Pedro on May 10th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Problem about responsibility is that the only one who can demand it, are the ones who have the power. Meaning, the developers are the only ones that can demand the games to be exceptional, most gamers will get it either way. Sure, there’ll be complaints if it’s just another factory made game, but the public will just go out and buy it and purchase the sequel.

    Consumers have low standards (due to companies policy of cutting costs) most of the times, so, in the end, were dependent on them to feel the responsibility and deliver awesome experience.

    Fortunately, some companies are decent enough to give us the joy.

  7. #7 by EdEN on May 10th, 2011 [ 143091 Points ]

    No day 1 purchases from me for the rest of the year unless gift cards magically appear at the house hehehe.

    Still need to get into RDR. Will have to ask my boss for it once PSN is back.

  8. #8 by Jason on May 10th, 2011 [ 28406 Points ]

    myk26: Great article FooBear! Like you, I wandered down that Red Dead road and found myself in awe at it’s conclusion! But unfortunately, as great as it was (to me, it was near pinnacle of gaming) there are PLENTY of those (like Jason) that just couldn’t wade through to the end.As for why most companies don’t take a chance like Rockstar does…cause thats just how the great games start, a chance. I think comes from gamers like Jason (Jason, I in no way mean this as disrespect). I’ve met more then my fair share of gamers who tried RRD and just couldn’t deal with it….as in, if you’re not gunning someone down or rapped up in some sort of action every 5 minutes, interest is lost.Rockstar has the $$$ to take chances. And when you have a team like Rockstar, it’s not much of a chance when you have the industries most creative minds behind it.…which is two things that can’t be said for many dev’s in the industry.  

    What would you say if I told you I thought it was too big for its own good? Walking around following a dog was boring and I found a lot of the game tedious and repetitive.

  9. #9 by Jay on May 10th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    @Jason: Monster Hunter is tedious and repetitive :P

  10. #10 by Kane112 on May 10th, 2011 [ 34742 Points ]

    ye i found RDR very boring after awhile got to mexico and couldnt play it anymore to annoying. I dont think it was unquie at all either just GTA but set in western time even the some of the missions reminded me of GTA. Havent payed any attention to la noir ill just wait to see what its like when it comes out. Rockstar need to spice up there GTA play style a lot to get me back

  11. #11 by myk26 on May 11th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    I honestly can’t argue any of those opinions…I can easily understand it actually. I’ll admit that there were portions of the game that seemed to drone on (and on…and on).

    But the same could be said for almost any game that lasts longer then 4 hours. It’s the pay-off at the end that made the game so damn worth every boring second I endured!


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